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Withdraw Odisha Police Bill 2015, activists demand

 

  Odisha, Police Bill 2015, Human Right
Last updated 09 Apr 2016 09:46:03 +0530  
Instead of reshaping the Police Organization to ensure good governance and smoothen legal system while remaining accountable and respecting the people’s massive mandate, the proposed Odisha Police Bill 2015 clearly curtails the rights of the citizen, activists allege and term the bill as anti- people.
 

The Odisha Police bill 2015, as pushed by the state government and placed before the state assembly in the name of reformations, has been opposed by various stakeholders including the civil society members of Odisha.

It’s to be noted that keeping in view that the state police was granted organizational status in 1861, by the colonial British government in the wake of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, many organizations including civil societies have been demanding qualitative change in the Act to strengthen the police organization and make it accountable.

But, instead of reshaping the Police Organization to ensure good governance and smoothen legal system while remaining accountable to people and respectful to the massive mandate, the proposed Police Bill 2015 clearly curtails the rights of the citizen, activists allege and term the bill as anti- people.

It’s through the proposed Bill that the government overtly attempts to make the Police Administration further centralized and militarized instead of keeping it decentralized and independent. The Bill also suggests to make the entire police force a part of general police administration.

This Police Bill incorporates the draconian provisions even against the spirit of the ruling by the Supreme Court, under section 41 of CPC, which clearly says that the police can neither arrest any individual for minor complain nor can send to jail for the same, says Chandranath Dani, a human right activist.

   

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It’s through the proposed Bill, the government overtly attempts to make the Police Administration centralized and militarized instead of keeping it decentralized and independent.

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While the bill does not include protection of the fundamental rights of citizens, as granted by Indian constitution, as primary duty of the Police, it has rather entrusted the Superintendent of Police at the district level with all powers of taking decisions with respect to maintaining law and order. The district police will no more remain accountable even to the District Magistrate and the civil administrator at the district level.

In a democratic country like India, entrusting civil administrators with powers of taking decisions in regard to police action during law and order situations is in the best interests of people as it acts as a check to any whimsical operation and misuse of power by the police.

Observing that the bill suggests to delegate almost absolute power to the police without any control, Dani demands that the Police Bill 2015 be withdrawn as this is grossly anti-people, undemocratic and against human right.

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